Garcinia Cambogia Review: Does It Aid Easy Weight Loss?
Weight-loss supplements and supposed ‘wonder’ extracts are nothing new in the dieting scene. Every year we hear about another amazing undiscovered supplement, extracted from a forgotten plant buried in a lost rainforest, promising to make us shed pounds without lifting a finger. For every useful weight loss aid, there’s another 10 useless products. Is garcinia cambogia one of the good guys or just another snake oil product? Let’s take a detailed look to find out if the supplement has got what it takes to aid weight loss.
What is Garcinia Cambogia?
It is actually the former scientific name for Garcinia gummi-gutta, a type of Garcinia plant from Indonesia. The plant goes by many names, including Brindleberry, Gamboogle, Assam Fruit, Kudam Puli and Pot Tamarind. If you’re looking to pick up some Garcinia Cambogia, keep an eye out for these other names too. The fruit from a Garcinia tree is the most useful for cooking and is often used in Asian curry dishes. According to Ayurvedic medicine (a form of traditional Indian medicine), the Garcina fruit helps to aid digestion due to its acidic sourness.
If you happen to stumble upon a raw Garcinia fruit, you will notice that it looks a bit like a cross between a beef tomato, a lemon and a lime. When sliced, it has an intricate flower-shaped pattern inside.
Effects on the Body
The active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia extract is HCA, better known to chemists as Hydroxycitric Acid, a type of citric acid. You’ll find citric acid as an additive in many food products, from soft drinks to candy, thanks to its preservative properties.
According to some scientific studies, the HCA found in Garcinia Cambogia has been found to help aid lipid (fat) metabolism in rats. The study, published in the journal of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry in 2003, examined a group of rats over a 90 day period and concluded that both male and female rats exhibited a reduction in body weight. Another study, this time carried out with human participants, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a group taking 1500mg of Garcinia Cambogia Extract 3 times a day before meals lost weight over a 12-week period.
What else happens to our bodies when we take Garcinia supplements? Cambogia, when used as a medicine, can perform a laxative function, increasing bowel movements and leading to increased weight loss in the form of excretion. This, however, should be seen as the result of taking too much Garcinia, something to avoid as laxative abuse is not healthy and could lead to future complications. To take the extract properly, ensure you do not exceed the daily dosage suggestions and always consult your physician if you are taking existing medications.
Are There Any Side Effects?
You can’t review a supplement without considering its wider health implications. To date, there’s no conclusive evidence to suggest that Garcinia Cambogia has any harmful side effects. Reputable Garcinia supplements on the market are 100% natural (always look out for that when purchasing) and people in Southeast Asia have been eating the plant and using it in traditional dishes for hundreds of years. Looking at a few recent news articles, it looks like a couple of rogue supplement manufacturers have given it a bad name by adding different ingredients or changing doses. Always buy from a reputable supplier and interrogate the bottle for additive and unwanted ingredients.
Easy Weight Loss: Is it Possible?
Ok, we often see the words “easy” and “weight loss” in the same sentence, but it is realistically possible to shed weight without working hard? The short answer that you probably want to hear is: YES! Weight loss IS easy, in fact, it’s the most natural thing in the world. Your body is intelligently designed to use its fat stores as fuel – you don’t even need to think about it. What’s slightly trickier, however, is changing your lifestyle patterns (you know the ones I’m talking about, those big dinners, sneaky donuts and extra glasses of wine). When it comes to easy weight loss, the biggest thing you can do to help your body out is give it what it needs. Imagine your body as a finely-tuned engine (picture your favorite sexy sports car). Do you dump dishwater into the fuel tank of your shiny new Porsche? Hell no! You go out and get the best gas out there. Well, making a meal is a little more complicated than refueling your car, but the principle is the same: you get out what you put in. Garcinia Cambogia is part of that premium fuel for your body – you don’t want to dilute it with fatty, greasy snacks. Based on the evidence, you might lose a few kilos by taking Cambogia and not changing your habits, but you’ll get a lot more out of the product by making a few dietary changes (ditch the junk food, step up the fruit and vegetables). Get your body moving so you can feel the benefit of feeling light (and help lose even more weight in the process). Take a walk, have a little dance in your living room, jump for joy when you’re happy. Maybe you’ve dreamed about getting the perfect body – make that dream a reality by taking action TODAY.
The Best Thing About Garcinia Cambogia
We like natural supplements, and Garcinia Cambogia certainly makes its case as a genuine all-natural weight-loss aid, but when it comes to helping us trim down and get fit, the best thing about Garcinia Cambogia extract is the effect it has on our minds. No, we’re not saying that Cambogia has any psychoactive benefits, but having a little safety net, a little helping hand when you start your journey to lose weight really helps you stick at it through the tough times. All too often we hear stories from women (and men) who have some success for a few weeks then spiral into a cycle of overeating plateaus, then no supplement can help. But with a canister of Garcinia Cambogia on our shelf, it’s like having a weight-loss guardian angel looking out for you all the time. Taking a supplement before each meals helps you keep to a regular schedule and avoid snacking. When you add the benefits of HCA to your improved eating plan and add a dash of exercise, you’ve got a recipe for complete dieting success.
OUR VERDICT: Everyone knows that Dr. Oz was the first celebrity to bring this wonderful supplement into the American market while on Oprah in 2012. Since then, this supplement has steadily grown a following of dedicated fans. Yes, garcinia will help aid easy weight loss, but its miracle powers are exponentially amplified if you also make changes to improve your lifestyle. As part of a balanced diet and coupled with regular exercise, we think Garcinia Cambogia is a great all-natural diet supplement.